‘March for Babies’ provides critical support for Doernbecher NICU families

Many of us will be gathering at the Rose Quarter Saturday, April 27, at 9 a.m. for the annual March of Dimes “March for Babies” fundraiser. The March of Dimes’ mission is to improve the health of newborns by preventing birth defects, preterm birth and infant mortality, and OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital proudly partners with them to support this mission for newborns receiving care in the Doernbecher Neonatal Care Center (DNCC).

Having a baby born early or ill can be extremely stressful for families. During the past nine years, the March of Dimes NICU Family Support Program has provided emotional support, education and activities for families while their infants are receiving care in the DNCC.

Proudly sporting a “Big Brother” T-shirt.

The March of Dimes is able to provide funding for research and community grants, and help support programs because of the critical funds gained from events such as “March for Babies.”

The NICU Family Support Program provides parent care kits, sibling support, including Big Sister/Big Brother backpacks and T-shirts, toolkits for Dad, and care kits for moms on bed rest.

In addition, each month the NICU Family Support Program hosts at least 15 activities for NICU parents, including scrapbooking and craft hours, photography, parent support group lunches, dinners with former DNCC parents, Sibling Saturdays and other education hours.

In addition to providing such a wide variety of activities, the March of Dimes is a reassuring presence for families, what I like to refer to as, “a shoulder to lean on.” The value of this continued support for families is priceless.

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Robbie Hennig, R.N.
Assistant Nurse Manager
Doernbecher Neonatal Care Center
OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital

Jennifer Horner, L.C.S.W.
March of Dimes NICU Family Support Program

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Tamara Hargens-Bradley is a senior communications specialist for Oregon Health & Science University and OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital. She is the editor of the Healthy Families blog.
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